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Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:42 pm
Hi, I'm a university student majoring in piano. I need to speak about the lieder of Schumann (my part is Liederkreis, Op.39 - Im Walde) and play it next week, for accompaniment class. I need comments about his entire lieder, about 'Liederkreis, Op.39 - Im Walde' and 'Dichterliebe, Op.48 - Ich Grolle Nicht' (I hope I'm not requesting too much...any information you know about these works would be helpful). If anyone knows more about these works, could you please reply?
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:32 pm
Is that all?
Don't suppose there's a chance your University library would have Eric Sams' The Songs of Robert Schumann,
or Gerald Moore's Poet's Love: The Songs and Cycles of Schumann
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:58 pm
You should do the same thing that Dorothy did when she arrived at Oz. She went to its finest city and said "take me to your Lieder."
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:29 pm
Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:42 pm
Yes they is, and so is mine!
Around them hat mein life revolvt,
"Den Raetsel" hab'ich nie gesolvt.
Sorry, in a mood tonight.
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:46 am
Ich grolle nicht is one of my favorite songs. It is an exercise in irony. Heine's lyrics seem to say I don't complain, but Schumann's music utters one of the most heartrending complaints in the history of the arts. Listen to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sing it and try to rise to that level of intensity.
Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:37 pm
Im Walde is not one of Schumann's most beautiful songs, but it requires subtlety of expression. There is a sharp contrast between the first stanza, where wedding and hunting symbolizes and affirmation of life, and the second stanza when night and silence in the wood almost reminds one of Robert Frost stopping beside a wood on a snowy evening.